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October is National Farm to School Month, a time to celebrate the connections that are happening all over the country between children and local food!
The National Farm to School Network advocated for the creation of National Farm to School Month and now organizes the annual celebration in partnership with dozens of partner organizations. National Farm to School Month was designated by Congress in 2010 to demonstrate the growing importance of farm to school programs as a means to improve child nutrition, support local economies and educate children about the origins of food.
Read on for more information about Farm to School Month 2014, including resources, a chance to win $1,000 for your farm to school project and other ways to get involved.
Everyone can celebrate Farm to School Month! The National Farm to School Network has developed resources and activities to promote Farm to School Month in schools, communities and media outlets. Throughout October, we’ll be sharing stories and information on our blog about how farm to school is empowering children and their families to make informed food choices and contributing to vibrant communities. Our resource database is home to even more information and includes searchable tags for Farm to School Month as well as topics like farm to preschool, school gardens and procurement.
Here are a few key resources you should start with:
To find more Farm to School Month resources, check the "Farm to School Month" box in the search sidebar of our resource database. There are also Farm to School Month t-shirts, stickers, posters and other items available in our shop.
Win $1,000 for a farm to school project in your community
Everyone who fills out a membership form and/or a “Share Form” on our website during October will be entered to win a drawing for $1,000 to spend on a farm to school/preschool project in their community! Five additional drawing winners will also be eligible to apply for a free Project Learning Garden™ lesson kit from Captain Planet Foundation that is valued at $1,000; however, winners must have an existing elementary school garden to qualify.
The benefits of membership
Aside from being entered in the drawing, by signing up for a free membership on our website you’ll receive our e-mail newsletter and will hear about special events like the National Farm to Cafeteria Conference. You will also gain access to the members-only area of our website. As a special offer during Farm to School Month, Organic Valley is offering a downloadable coupon for NFSN members only, which can be accessed on our members-only page. Become a member today, then sign in to our website to download your coupon!
Members and non-members can fill out the Share Form, which helps us collect stories about what’s happening on the ground. These stories help us advocate for and raise awareness about farm to school. Have more than one story to tell? Fill our the form as many times as you want! Every complete submission with a unique story submitted during October will gain you another entry in our contest.
Every year, more than 200 organizations join forces to spread the word about National Farm to School Month. We are currently enlisting partners and sponsors for our 2014 Farm to School Month campaign. For information about becoming a Farm to School Month sponsor, contact Jaime Lockwood. To become an official Farm to School Month partner, fill out this form: